Airport funding boost

08 December 2015

AlburyCity today welcomed $3.29M funding from the NSW Government to improve Albury Airport, which is great news for the whole region.

Council will contribute $1.41M to the project to improve infrastructure at the airport, including a bigger arrivals areas, a second baggage carousel, a larger departures area and a new mezzanine level for meeting rooms.

Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the funding was an investment in the Albury region and would create jobs, stimulate business and tourism and allow the airport to operate at a higher capacity to accommodate future growth.

"Albury Airport was built in the 1930s and is one of only two airports in the Murray tourism region coping with congestion at times and often operating at peak capacity," Mr Aplin said.

Albury Airport hosts about 250,000 passengers and more than 7500 flights a year.

AlburyCity Acting Mayor David Thurley said the work would help relieve congestion and time delays, mainly in the arrivals area during peak periods.

"This work is about improving the comfort and experience of passengers, stimulating the market to attract more visitors and providing better infrastructure to service a growing region," Cr Thurley said.

"This funding comes at a great time because we are working hard to increase passenger numbers."
Work is expected to start in late 2016 and be finished by early 2018.